A little Monday morning observation:
One of the many reasons Twitter has so much traction whereas RSS and Atom have been fading is Twitter’s emphasis on personality, whereas RSS tends to have faceless content feeds.
Compare a list of feeds I follow on Twitter and in Google Reader.
Why don’t more people do that? Because people think of their RSS feeds as their blog’s feed, whereas they think of their Twitter feeds as their personal feed. And the RSS tools reinforce that idea by deemphasizing feed photos.
The difference is amplified in the eye of the reader. Would you rather follow a faceless feed, or one with personality?
PS. I’d love recommendations for alternative RSS readers if you use one you love.